30 May 2017


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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9th April 2017

~Passion (Palm) Sunday

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Sr. Genny Hassey
Sr. Margaret Burke    


Weekend Masses

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Vigil 8.00pm

Weekday Masses 

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am


Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;  

Reception service  5-9pm.

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.

Parish Shop selling a selection of religious items.

Teas after 10am Mass Mon, Wed & Fri.  

Meeting Rooms available: Contact Administrator for details of rates, availability etc. 

Parish Support Services:  Bereavement Listening, etc.  For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


We use the word “passion” very often for strong likes or dislikes. We can be passionate about sport, music, gardening, etc. When we speak of the Passion of Jesus we usually mean the suffering and death inflicted on Him.  

But the passion of Jesus is not just what was done to Him by others. It is a power in Jesus, His Passion and Love, that helped Him to face the violence and the pain. He is a passionate Man and His truly amazing love for us insisted that He face the ultimate test – death on a cross.

All during His ministry, Jesus showed the depth of His passion – His urge to always do His Father’s will; His love for the poor and abandoned; His care for those handicapped in life; His fury at religious authorities who placed new burdens on people; His way of having and sharing baskets of plenty; His loyalty to those who betrayed Him. All of this reveals a Man of Grand Passion. So in the end the cross comes as no surprise – it was a penalty for showing such great love.

The Cross of Jesus is at the centre of the Christian story as the sign of the lengths to which love will go in its passion for others. The Cross is lifted up as a sign of our worth – someone thought we were worth all that pain and suffering – and that someone is Jesus, Son of God.  

We honour Jesus’ death as the supreme Act of Love; the love of One who “did not cling to His equality with God” but who “emptied Himself” to become as we all are and to show that in spite of all our sins and stupidities – God loves us.

That is the heart of the Passion story.


Palm Sunday (9th  April) as per normal Sunday.

5.30pm Evening Prayer.

Holy Week:  Mon, Tues, Wed, as normal with no Mass Wed. evening:



Mon. April 10th Mass for the sick at 2pm.

Wed 12 April: Chrism Mass, Mullingar 7pm.


HOLY THURSDAY: (13th  April)

10am: Morning Prayer

2.30 pm: Riada House.

4 pm: Hospital, Mass of the Lord’s Supper. 7 pm: Durrow, Mass of the Lord’s Supper

7.30pm: Tullamore, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by reposition of the blessed sacrament and quiet time of prayer for Vocations.

10pm: Night Prayer, Tullamore



10am: Morning Prayer

12.00: Stations of the Cross, led by young people.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: 3pm: Tullamore & Riada House. 4pm: Hospital.

7pm: Durrow. 7.30pm: Tullamore

9pm: Churches Together Walk of Witness. (Commencing at St. Catherine’s Church, Hop Hill)



10 am: Morning Prayer

12 noon: Penitential Service 2-6pm: Confessions

4.30pm: Polish Community Food blessing. 9 pm Solemn Easter Vigil, Tullamore



6.00am Dawn Mass (at site of Old Church in Axis business    park)

Sunday Masses as normal. (Tullamore:- 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am & 1pm, Durrow 11.30am, Hospital 9am)

Easter Octave: Mon – Sat: 10.00am.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS FOR EASTER TRIDUUM please collect Rota from the Sacristy.  Contact SrGenny if not available.


Mon 10:   10.00  Patrick, Brigid, Charlie & Brigid Jnr McDonagh

           7.30pm  Mary E Feery

Tues 11:    7.30  Jack & Frances Wrafter

              10.00  Christopher O’Brien, Castlebarna

           7.30pm  Margaret Flaherty, Mon Mem

Wed  12:  10.00  Tom Duffy


We offer our sympathy to the families of Peter Fox, Gerald Egan, Harry Hickland, Michael Keegan & Mary Brickland.


Welcome to God’s family Oisín Stefan Jeremiah Gleeson, Freddie Jacob Martin, Sophia Marie Younge, Melody Nell McDonagh & Kayla Ann Sheridan who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €3369, Durrow €257, Envelopes €3305.  Monday Mission €230.  

World Meeting of Families €2389.21.

Thank you for your continued support.



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Hours to cover urgently:Sat 5-6pm; Wed 4-5pm; or any hour  Ph 0851162668.No Adoration from Holy Thurs 3pm-Holy Sat 11pm.  Thanks for all your support and Happy Easter.

C.N.G PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sat 6th May.  To book ph A Boland 0877914828.

AN EGG-CITING EASTER STORY:  Puppet performance on the real Easter story, for primary school children, Sun 9, 6pm, Presbyterian Church, High St.  Ph 0851476929.  Donation only.

TULLAMORE GOSPEL CHOIR:Spectacular final reunion concert, Tullamore Court Hotel, Sun 23, 8pm. Tickets €10, from hotel, or 085 1916416.Proceeds to charity.

ROSARY:  Alfie Lambe House, Arden Rd, Thurs 13, 8.15pm.  All are welcome.

ICA:  Meeting, Wed 12, 8pm, Riada House.  Fun challenge – to make a pin cusion.  New members welcome. Happy Easter.

IWA:  EGM, Tues 11, 8pm, Day Care Centre.  All are welcome.

APOSTOLATE OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Annual pilgrimage to Knock, Sun 30, 11am.  Bus from Parochial House, 8.30am.  Ph 0876386270 or see notice boards.

GOOD FRIDAY HOLY FACE PRAYER VIGIL:  O'Connor Sq, 12- 1pm, with the recitation of the Holy Face Novena and Divine Mercy chaplet. All welcome. 

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION - mental health event, with guest speakers & rep from SOSAD, hosted by Offaly Macra Na Feirme, Fri 14, 7.30pm, Bridge House. All welcome.

MERCY SUNDAY, Knock Shrine, Sun 23, celebrating 100 years of apparitions in Fatima.  Bus from Tullamore,ph 086 3344722or 057 86 61601. 

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